Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D4 vs 1D X

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D4
n.d.
EOS 1D X
n.d.
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D4
9.2
EOS 1D X
10.0
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D4
10.0
EOS 1D X
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D4
9.4
EOS 1D X
9.5
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 5 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D4 vs EOS 1D X

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D4
2,965 ISO
EOS 1D X
2,786 ISO

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D4
43 ms
EOS 1D X
56 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D4
11 fps
EOS 1D X
14 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D4
2,600 photos
EOS 1D X
1,500 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon D4
24.7 bits
EOS 1D X
23.8 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Nikon D4
13.1 ev
EOS 1D X
11.8 ev

Features Key features of the Nikon D4  vs EOS 1D X 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D4
16.2 MP
EOS 1D X
18.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D4
204,800 ISO
EOS 1D X
204,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Nikon D4
3.2"
EOS 1D X
3.2"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D4
0.7x
EOS 1D X
0.76x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D4
53.5 microns
EOS 1D X
47.8 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D4  vs EOS 1D X 

9.0
9.0
Detail from the new sensor is excellent, especially at the lower ISOs, while tonal gradation, colour accuracy when shooting Raw, white balance accuracy and ISO performance are all highly impressive too.
Nikon D4

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D4  vs
EOS 1D X 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16.2 MP 18.1 MP
Resolution 4928 x 3280 4912 x 3680
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 53.5 microns 47.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 51,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 204,800 ISO 50 ISO to 204,800 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
JPEG
RAW
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 61
Cross type focus points 15 41
Supports continuous Yes No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.7x 0.76x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.76x

performance

Max continuous shooting 11 fps 14 fps
Battery life 2,600 1,500
Continuous shooting
11 fps, JPEG
14 fps
Shutter lag 43 ms 56 ms

video

Nikon D4  vs
EOS 1D X 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes No

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 3.2"
Resolution 920 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 160 x 157 x 91 mm 158 x 164 x 83 mm
Thickness 91 mm 83 mm
Weight 1,340 g 1,530 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Nikon D4
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